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12/08/2009 02:39:50 PM · #1
Star of Wonder, by Terre Roche, it always brings a tear to my eye.

What is your favorite Christmas Carol?
12/08/2009 03:13:07 PM · #2
I love What Child is This, O Holy Night and Carol of the Bells. I can't choose between them!
12/08/2009 03:15:37 PM · #3
O Holy Night, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, Christmas is Coming (done by the Muppets)
12/08/2009 03:23:38 PM · #4
I love Joy to the World, too. How I wish I could carry a tune, so I could sing someplace other than while driving to work. "D

And I love to sing along with Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.
12/08/2009 03:24:48 PM · #5
"The First Noel", hands down :-)

R.
12/08/2009 03:27:34 PM · #6
I love Denis Leary's "Merry Fucking Christmas".
12/08/2009 03:34:18 PM · #7
A Christmas Carol by Tom Lehrer

Of the "serious" carols, I think Adeste Fideles has the prettiest tune ...
12/08/2009 03:45:31 PM · #8
My favorite is typically whichever one I'm listening to at that moment.
12/08/2009 04:02:00 PM · #9
Love those classics like Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear...

For contemporary recordings, the one that always gets me emotionally is listening to George Winston's piano version of "Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head" on his "December" album.

I also really like Nancy Lamott's version where she combines "I Saw Three Ships" and "Bring A Torch, Jeannette Isabella."

AND of course "White Christmas" sung by Bing Crosby.

12/08/2009 04:03:06 PM · #10
"I'll Be Home for Christmas"

I'm a sentimental fool who hopes to be singing this as I pull into my hometown to visit my family in central NY..."please have snow...and mistletoe...and presents on the tree--ee...!"
12/08/2009 04:08:21 PM · #11
"Good King Wencelas". I always loved it, and then many years ago I heard a version that changed a couple of the lyrics to be inclusive, adding "women, men" in there.
12/08/2009 04:10:08 PM · #12
Originally posted by citymars:

AND of course "White Christmas" sung by Bing Crosby.

Speaking of classics... for all its cheese and forties-era dripping sentimentality, I cry at the end of "It's a Wonderful Life" every time I see it. It helps that I only saw it for the first time when I was in my thirties.

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12/08/2009 04:11:35 PM · #13
I would have to say Carol of the Bells or Little Drummer Boy. All of them are great though.
12/08/2009 04:23:54 PM · #14
Originally posted by Louis:

Speaking of classics... for all its cheese and forties-era dripping sentimentality, I cry at the end of "It's a Wonderful Life" every time I see it. It helps that I only saw it for the first time when I was in my thirties.

Heck, some Christmas seasons I'm a sentimental time bomb. I'll cry at "It's a Wonderful Life," "White Christmas," "Meet Me in St. Louis," "A Christmas Carol" (the Alistair Sim version)... anything with a happy ending about does me in.

PS: Louis, the OP mentioned The Roches; they have a nice version of "Good King Wenceslas" if you get a chance.
12/08/2009 04:25:36 PM · #15
Originally posted by citymars:

PS: Louis, the OP mentioned The Roches; they have a nice version of "Good King Wenceslas" if you get a chance.

I wonder if it's the one I mentioned and that I've been looking for. Thanks.

Edit: No, that's not it. :(

Message edited by author 2009-12-08 16:28:17.
12/08/2009 04:26:23 PM · #16
Originally posted by Louis:

Originally posted by citymars:

AND of course "White Christmas" sung by Bing Crosby.

Speaking of classics... for all its cheese and forties-era dripping sentimentality, I cry at the end of "It's a Wonderful Life" every time I see it. It helps that I only saw it for the first time when I was in my thirties.


I've always loved that movie and manage to see it every year! But I try to cry earlier than the end because the line "Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings" just annoys me in the way the little actress delivers it. That alone would could almost make me wish for a re-make except that no one could replace Jimmy Stewart and the guy who plays "Clarence" the angel. (/Scrooge mode off)

/edit for speelling

Message edited by author 2009-12-08 16:27:22.
12/08/2009 04:49:17 PM · #17
Definitely Carol of the Bells.

Does anybody know the artist of the version that is done by an orchestra that is heavy on the string section, french horns, and timpani? The version that I really like has a very powerful feel to it with a definite crescendo.

I've listened to version after version on YouTube and I still can't find the one that I am looking for.

Thanks

Message edited by author 2009-12-08 17:14:26.
12/08/2009 04:57:05 PM · #18
It's not Manheim Steamroller or Transiberian Orchestra is it?
12/08/2009 05:01:42 PM · #19
The cover by Transiberian Orchestra is not the one. I'll look for the one by Manheim Steamroller and see if that's the one.
12/08/2009 05:06:32 PM · #20
Originally posted by karmat:

It's not Manheim Steamroller or Transiberian Orchestra is it?


Nope, neither of them are the one that I remember hearing.

Message edited by author 2009-12-08 17:14:38.
12/08/2009 05:21:19 PM · #21
Originally posted by Louis:

"Good King Wencelas".


My favourite, too.

Of course, there's a difference between Christmas carols and Christmas songs. Here in Japan, Muzak is mostly Christmas songs. Oh, no - I saw Mummy kissing Santa again... <"¤">
12/08/2009 05:52:36 PM · #22
Carol-"Away in Manger" Nice one to sing. :)
Songs - "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Jingle Bell Rock" because they are so happy! :)
12/08/2009 06:00:59 PM · #23
All time favorite, Drummer Boy. To give of yourself, and do your best is enough.

Pat a Pan, and Carol of the Bells are right up there also.

Veni Veni (O Come O Come Emanuel) Mannheim Steamroller version can still get me to stop and listen to the whole thing.

Actually almost anything Mannheim Steamroller gets my vote at Christmas.

12/08/2009 06:19:13 PM · #24
sarajevo 1224 by trans-siberian is great for a carol.

but "thank god it's christmas" by queen always makes me smile
12/08/2009 06:20:44 PM · #25
Originally posted by yakatme:

Definitely Carol of the Bells.

Does anybody know the artist of the version that is done by an orchestra that is heavy on the string section, french horns, and timpani? The version that I really like has a very powerful feel to it with a definite crescendo.

I've listened to version after version on YouTube and I still can't find the one that I am looking for.

Thanks


now i read the whole thread....you're referring to sarajevo 1224 by trans siberian orchestra
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